Brooklyn Cocktail

2 oz Rye
34 oz Dry vermouth
2 t Maraschino Liqueur
2 t Amer Picon
1   Maraschino cherry (as garnish)
Stir, strain, straight up, cocktail glass, garnish
Use high quality rye.
The earliest recipe I can find is the 1914 book "Drinks", by Jacques Straub, which quotes the drink as 3/4 oz each good rye and dry vermouth, then 1 dash each Maraschino and Amer Picon. This isTed Haigh's version, which is is excellent.
From other users
  • Made it with Amer Boudreau as written above. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • CioCiaro instead of Amer Picon — ☆☆☆☆
  • Made with Ramazzotti and a dash of Regan's. The dry vermouth contributes an intriguing spirituous finish. A second try with Amer Boudreau was also tasty. Third with bianco too! — ☆☆☆☆
  • Replaced Amer Picon with amaro averna and avion d'or — ☆☆☆☆
  • Strong but perfectly balanced — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • Made with Ramazzotti and two dashes Ango orange. — ☆☆☆☆☆
  • substitute CioCiaro for the Amer Picon
  • Used Knob Creek Rye, NP vermouth, and 1 t CioCiaro, 1 t Tornai in place of Amer Picon. Very Strong with high proof rye. Would make again w 80 proof and Dolin. — ☆☆☆☆
  • I added citrus bitters a little amount of Demara gum syrup. Very nice.
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Curated (can you curate

Curated (can you curate yourself?) to remove my demented substitution of Meletti for Amer Picon. They are nothing alike. If you want to substitute, use Amaro CioCiaro or Amaro Lucano for the Amer Picon. Absent that, use Amaro Ramazzotti and a dash or two of Angostura Orange bitters. I would like to say I loved this drink given its great history and NYC borough name. I can't. With less Maraschino and more Amer Picon, I might enjoy it. It would also benefit from a bitter bone-dry vermouth, like Sutton Cellars Brown label.

I merged in another Brooklyn

I merged in another Brooklyn recipe posted by Zachary, keeping this one from Ted Haigh's book. The two recipes were very similar. The newly-available Bittermen's Amere Nouvelle makes a good substitution for Amer Picon, although it is quite light in flavor.

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We have this on our menu

We have this on our menu right now and we steer away from original ratios and go with 2 oz rye, 3/4 oz dry vermouth, tsp maraschino and a tsp amer picon. More of a current "Manhattan" ratio.

Used the Serious Eats 2:1

Used the Serious Eats 2:1 ratio with Alberta Premium rye and Cocchi Americano, and 1/4 oz. Luxardo. Couple of dashes of Angostura, few drops of Scrappy's orange & cardamom and a few drops of Regan's. Very tasty! Great balance and good strength. Love the rye spiciness!

That sounds good, but without

That sounds good, but without dry vermouth and Amer Picon (or sub) would be a rather different drink. I recently had a Brooklyn at B Street in Newtow, MA and it reminded me what a nice drink this is. When a bar has "Housemade Amer Picon", it's hard to resist ordering something with it. (They use Boudreau's recipe.)

If you haven't had a Redhook, I recommend it (Rye, Punt e Mes, Maraschino). You could try Cocchi in here too.

I was an idiot, but no longer

I was an idiot, but no longer. This is a fantastic drink. I use Bigallet 'China-China' Amer for the Amer Picon. Also wonderful is the substitution of 1/4 oz Islay Scotch (e.g. Laphroaig 10) for a bit of the rye. This is a world-class cocktail.

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Meehan's Bartender Manual

Meehan's Bartender Manual suggests that, like El Presidente, this drink should have blanc rather than dry vermouth. 

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The earliest known Brooklyn

The earliest known Brooklyn appeared in Jacob Grohusko's 1908 Jack's Manual which called for sweet vermouth not dry. Dry won out in the recipe books. I saw in the comments how Meehan prefers blanc vermouth in this, but there are zero recipes that suggest that it should have blanc vermouth -- unlike the Presidente where there is a single recipe that calls for vermouth from Chambery which was famous for its blanc vermouth at the time with the other recipe of the time from Cuba calling for Noilly Prat vermouth (there's also another Presidente that calls for Ama (sweet red type) vermouth but lacks the grenadine). Just because Meehan prefers the Brooklyn with blanc vermouth doesn't make it historically correct though but it would split the difference between the 1908 and the 1914 recipes.